Parents who came to the United States illegally and fear deportation, given
the current political climate of Trump’s administration, are taking
measures to ensure the safety of their children by inundating immigration
services with requests to secure temporary guardianship for their children
if they are indeed deported.
The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) has been
receiving at least 10 requests per day from parents who are eager to find
care for their children. This number is a dramatic increase compared to
the 2 requests per month the same advocacy group used to receive only
a year ago. These numbers are not surprising, however, considering the
administration’s aggressive attitude toward immigration laws.
If these parents are deported and unable to obtain temporary guardianship
for their children, they could end up in foster care, which is a big fear
for many. Despite President Obama having been dubbed “deporter in
chief”, it was not likely that both parents would be deported during
his administration, allowing children to remain with at least one parent.
According to a 2016 study by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), approximately
five million children under the age of 18 are living with at least one
parent who entered the country illegally. 79% of those children are U.S. citizens.
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